Newborns among 14 killed in attack on Kabul hospital’s maternity ward

The 100-bed hospital is located in the western part of Kabul, in a predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhood

Takfiri terrorists stormed a maternity ward in a hospital in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, leaving 14 people dead, including two newborns and some mothers and nurses. Tariq Aryan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said 15 more were wounded in the attack.

The ministry said all of the attackers had been killed.

International humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders runs the maternity clinic in the hospital, and an official with the organization said foreign doctors were operating there at the time of the attack. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity and would not elaborate on the nationality of the doctors.

Afghan special forces were dispatched to quell the attack and managed to help get about 100 people, including babies, women, children and three foreign nationals to safety, according to Aryan.

The 100-bed hospital is located in the western part of Kabul, in a predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhood where ISIS-affiliated militants have carried out several deadly attacks in the past. The Taliban has denied responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.

Afghan police shared photos from the operation that showed newborn babies being evacuated during the siege by police, some of them covered in blood.

Kabul resident Daoud Jalal posted a video showing a member of the special forces rushing a newborn infant to an ambulance and commented: “Welcome to Afghanistan, dear infant. We kill each other here. All of us are sorry to you. This is not how you should open your eyes. Sounds of explosions and screams should not be the first thing you hear.”

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